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Artvoice Weekly Edition » Issue v12n35 (08/29/2013) » Section: The News, Briefly

Board Games: Carl Paladino and the Buffalo Public Schools

Anyone alert to cheap, easy symbolism at last week’s Buffalo Board of Education meeting in City Hall didn’t have to look very far, particularly if one was part of the overflow audience crammed into a small anteroom outside the board’s chamber. The TV monitor in the small room streamed black-and-white video of the meeting next door, but emitted no sound. A school district media technician fiddled with the set a few times and responded to complaints with apologetic frustration. So the 15-20 people who couldn’t get into the board room and couldn’t hear the proceedings only got more annoyed and tense.

For What It's Worth: Observations on Tuesday's Mayoral Debate

Tuesday’s debate between Mayor Byron Brown, his Democratic primary challenger Bernie Tolbert, and Republican Sergio Rodriguez was lively, contentious, and unlikely to change anyone’s mind about who to support. It followed the pattern of the two previous debates: Brown was slightly more animated perhaps, occasionally defensive, and sometimes obfuscating; Tolbert was a bit more polished-sounding than he had been before, but stumbled here and there, and was short on specific proposals; Rodriguez was funny and quick on his feet, which almost covered the fact that he, too, offered few specific ideas. Tolbert and Rodriguez left each other alone but dug into Brown relentlessly; in this debate, Brown went on the attack, too.

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